Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu says the current situation of the NPFL is one of the reasons the country’s representatives on the continent are fumbling.
Eight-time league Champions Enyimba of Aba, Kano Pillars and Niger Tornadoes failed to go far in this year’s CAF Champions league and Confederations Cup respectively.
Following their elimination from the champions league, Enyimba will join Rangers International of Enugu in the CAF Confederations Cup.
While reacting to the questions of why Nigerian teams are struggling on the continent, Shorunmu said that the inability of the league to kick off on time is one of the major reasons.
The Oyo State born goalkeeper was adamant that pre-season games aren’t enough to players in proper shape for a prestigious tournament like the CAF Champions league and Confederations Cup.
“It’s a worrisome development. Enyimba crashed out, Pillars and Tornadoes all are out of the continent at this early stage,” Shorunmu added.
“I think the inability of the NPFL season to start cannot be exonerated from the poor run of Nigerian clubs in the continent.
“If the (2019/2020) season had kicked off, the players would have been in a better shape going into the continent.
“No team gets better with only preseason games.
“Preseason games are friendly games while league games are competitive that put players in good shape.
“We hope the league starts so our teams will get their forms and shapes before their continental assignments,” Shorunmu stressed.